Johnson Construction helps with BP Memorial
It is very fitting that Keith Johnson Construction has put its stamp of involvement on the Blooming Prairie Veterans Memorial.
The memorial is significantly completed, but more work is yet to be done. Contributors to the project must continue to be recognized, says BP Veterans Memorial chairman Tom Peterson.
Monies are still coming in, even though the $250,000 goal has been achieved. The extra funds will be used for maintenance, says Peterson.
Squadron #52, the Blooming Prairie Sons of the American Legion and the Blooming Prairie Veterans Memorial Committee recognizes and thanks Keith and Krystal Johnson of Keith Johnson Construction Inc. for their part and generous contribution to the Blooming Prairie Veterans Memorial.
Keith and Krystal donated all the material and labor for the concrete footings under the granite pieces of the Memorial.
Keith’s years of experience and attention to detail are essential to making sure the Memorial has solid footings to hold the weight of the solid granite pieces, Peterson points out.
Keith and Krystal are also quick to recognize their employees, who work so hard for them. They include Francis Coughlin, Jodi Green, Jonathan Wigham, Kent Johnson, Leslie Shawback, Jr., Melody Amberg, Miguel Torres Morales, Patrick Wallace, Shawn Blome, Tony Bell and Trevor Arndt.
Keith mentioned that one employee needs an extra pat on the back for his work ethic and contributions to the company. That person is Fran Coughlin.
“I think all of my employees would agree Fran Coughlin has worked his heart out for us," said Johnson.
"Fran has taught me all kinds of things about concrete over the years. In fact, he has taught all of our employees about concrete to their benefit and not his own. For 25 years, come rain or shine, Fran was the first guy on site.”
Keith went on to say Coughlin took a personal interest in making sure the Memorial was done right. The guys always looked to Coughlin for answers to how best to set the footings for the walls and for the main center footing for the military clips, Johnson remarked.
“It looks good, because Fran made sure it looks good," Johnson continued.
There is another very important reason why Keith and Krystal stepped forward with their donation, Peterson explains.
Both of Keith’s grandfathers, Selmer A. Johnson and Levern M. Ebeling, were veterans and served our country during World War I.
Ronald A. Johnson, Keith’s father, is also on the Memorial, having served his country from 1953-1955. It is fitting that both grandfathers, and father, are on the Memorial, which Keith helped to build.
Keith says that the service and sacrifice of both of his Grandfathers was worth his contribution to the Memorial and their memory.
Blooming Prairie should be indebted to those many contributors to the project, says Peterson.
The memorial will officially dedicated on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.